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The Culture of AIDS in AfricaHope and Healing Through Music and the Arts$
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Gregory Barz and Judah Cohen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744473.001.0001

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Singing in the Shadow of Death

Singing in the Shadow of Death

African Musicians Respond to a Pandemic with Songs of Sorrow, Resistance, Advocacy, and Hope

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The Culture of AIDS in Africa

Jonah Eller-Isaacs

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the role of music in the fight against HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Drawing on short interviews during several months traveling throughout Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda in 2004, the chapter presents the stories of musicians and how they responded to the AIDS pandemic with songs that express sorrow, resistance, advocacy, and hope. It paints an evocative picture of the landscape of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, presented through a lens that moves fluidly between verbal and musical communication, so that those in other parts of the world can understand the experience of living in the midst of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Faced with this scourge, the people of Africa have turned to music as a form of creative resistance and as a way to tap into the imaginative spark that compels change.

Keywords:   music, HIV/AIDS, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, musicians, songs, sub-Saharan Africa

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